I was slipping between the lines of the psychology book when the compartment door suddenly opened and you sat down next to me. I could feel your gaze on my left shoulder, though I refused to turn my head. Aha, you're one of those, I hear your deep, trembling voice. I brought you a bar of African chocolate. I refuse. You get angry and yell at me. I smile, but I freeze at the frightened looks of the three of them, begging me to accept. You're drooling and your eyes are red. I extend my hand, but you get up and walk away. You say, grinning, that you've found someone else.

(Translated by Alina-Mihaela Burciu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In November 2022, the group has 9,580 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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